By Blamuel Njururi, Kenya Confidential Editor-in-Chief, Nairobi – August 6, 2918, Nairobi
Our Sermon this Sunday explores Biblical teachings and guidance against Corruption
Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
The Bible implores all not to partake in corruption and commands those who become witness the evil to expose it. Kenyans must take advantage of Witness Protection Law to expose endemic corruption within their work establishments.
The National Treasury, Kenya Revenue Authority and Central Bank of Kenya should set up a fund to reward whistleblowers adequately to avoid the misery the Goldenberg whistleblower went through inviting his early death. This is important considering that Corruption is a trillion-shilling industry today.
It takes two parties to pay a bribe or receive a kickback. The Bible is absolutely clear about how Christians must react to easy money when exposed to it at work places. Some so-called independent institutions fighting corruption are infested with grand corruption mega bribe takers. One is said to have taken Ksh 100 million bribe via a law firm in a building opposite the High Court to protect the late George Saitoti from Goldenberg prosecution.
Police have no shame taking bribes from Public Service Vehicles in the Capital City of Nairobi and all highways in Kenya. That money is shared throughout the ranks within the so-called Police Service.
Highway corruption has new entrants in way of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) that is overflowing with square pegs in round holes and has yet to figure out what Road USE Safety is all about. NTSA has become a den of corruption as innocent lives are lost in preventable Road Carnage.
Why do you keep quite when you see them or anybody else taking or giving bribes? Then you join politicians who are themselves corrupting you to elect them to power and start screaming the government is doing nothing about corruption. The President has failed!
The president is not in a vehicle when Traffic police demand or are offered bribes. He is not there when chiefs are given bribes. He is not there when job seekers offer bribes or employers demand bribes. He is not there when professors demand sex and other bribes to give failed students higher grades. He is not in a tender committee when people inflate figures to favour relatives and corrupt cartels. The President is not present when the County Planning Director takes bribes to authorise illegal structures and buildings which collapse and kill Kenyans.
Equally, he is not present when wild animals trophy dealer bribes poachers to kill elephants or Kenya Forest Service officers take bribes to allow deforestation. Neither is the President at the border post when terrorists bribe their way into Kenya territory to kill innocent citizens.You as a Kenya citizen are part and parcel of the same government you say has failed when you see corruption taking place and you keep quite! You don’t have to be a government officer to fight corruption.
Deuteronomy 27: 25 Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to strike down on an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen. The Holy Bible curses those who take bribes to punish innocent people. They are cursed.
This is an appropriate message to the Judiciary, lawyers, prosecutors and Kenya Police Service responsible for the country’s justice system. Thousands of Kenyans are languishing is jails because magistrates, judges, prosecutors and police officers take bribes and collude to divert the cause of justice.
Judges and magistrates take bribes to rob land from rightful owners and give it to land speculators scavenging on titles whose leases are about to expire and pounce before they are renewed in complicity with Ministry of Lands corrupt staff. They also take bribes from corrupt public servants, businessmen and criminal cartels to rob Kenyan taxpayers of billions of shillings that pay for phantom projects and others of sub-standard and convoluted nature.
Citizens must join the war on corruption to augment government efforts in tackling the social evil. There are too many people in offices they occupy because of the money corruption generates for them. People who have no passion for what they are employed to do and are always looking for avenues for easy money. They are driven by greed for money that motivates them to demand for bribes to do what they are employed to do. Citizens as direct victims should fight back.
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
We don’t have to look very far to find historical accounts where corruption brought down a nation. Just prior to the fall of Rome, there was so much corruption that few even cared to hide it. It was even joked about.
Is there any doubt that political, governmental, and corporate corruption is high in Kenya? Corruption scandals are in the media almost every day. There are so many loopholes in the tax laws that lawyers have no trouble finding them. Government procurement laws are being flouted in almost all ministries and County governments. Members of Parliament and MCAs do all they can to avoid paying taxes by inflating their allowances, yet these are the same who always want to raise taxes.
The malfeasance by those in authority in public and private sectors is stinking. Many have failed public trust as Banks collapse on being looted by owners abusing public trust. The greed for unsuspecting public money has spread to Supermarket chains after exporting billions to foreign bank accounts. Has our nation reached the point of no return? Is the national economy really a “house of cards” awaiting to fall like dominoes?
Proverbs 28:15 “Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.”
This is a great proverb because that’s what it feels like when wicked rulers are governing the land and it seems to be what’s happening today in many African countries. Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” and that’s what this nation and many other nations are before a Holy and just God; a reproach.
Ephisians 2:8-9 “Even though we’re not saved by keeping the law, which we couldn’t keep even if we tried, we’re not to be arbitrarily breaking the law.”
The late United States President Ronald Reagan once said that the most frightening words ever heard were, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” When the wicked are in power, it’s often a judgment of God, just like He did with ancient Israel. It’s like the nation gets the leadership they (and we) deserve and so He may be using evil rulers as part of His holy judgment against the nations.
We are to have “no part” or take no part in it, meaning not even a little, and tiny part. Having “no part” means avoiding the “works of darkness” altogether, and that means avoiding those who do them. In fact, we’re told to expose them, because whoever breaks man’s laws, also breaks God’s laws (Romans 13:1-5), and if you break God’s laws, in time, they’ll break you and others too. Remember no one is born corrupt, it’s a personal choice – and a contagiously addictive as Pope Francis observed last year.
Isaiah 1:4 “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!”
If there is anything more evil than taking a human life, I don’t know what it would be when a nation permits and indeed, in some cases, funds the slaughter of babies. Nairobi teams with illegal abortion clinics in all residential areas where lucrative business in stolen babies thrives. Now Televangelist Gilbert Deya is facing charges of children trafficking.
How corrupt can one act? Is it any wonder that the children have grown up to be admire corruption in Kenya? They’re only taking up their father and mother’s sins, even outdoing them in some cases. Isaiah 1:4 is where God rebukes the nation of Israel, but the same applies to any nation whose people are laden with sin.
Gilbert Deya is court over children trafficking
The year 2008 saw political upheaval in Kenya in which mass action led to indiscriminate human slaughter of 1,500 children, youth and the elderly along with unprecedented forceful displacement of 650,000 families or 3.5 million Kenyans.
Kenyans who had hitherto owned farms, businesses and engaged in activities gainfully earning livelihoods were rendered jobless. Many are now being blamed on the government that never was then. However, the Kenya government has been forced to divert meager development funds in excess of Ksh 100 billion towards compensating IDPs.
God is no respecter of persons or nations and what He did to Israel in His righteous judgment He can do to any nation. The consequences for Israel would be the same for any nation that is laden with iniquity; it will lead to God’s judgment; unless they repent.
Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
When Jesus was speaking about the end of the age, He mentioned that it will be like in the days of Noah and said, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Mathew 24:37-39).
Could you have imagined how hard doing business would have been in Noah’s day when all that they thought about was evil, continually, and every intention, business or otherwise, was always with a wicked heart. Do you see similarities today? Everyone’s going about their business, just as in Noah’s day, when the flood of God’s judgment came sweeping them all away.
Hosea 9:9 “They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah; he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins.”
The “days of Gibeah” are like those of today. When a “Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came to Gibeah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to spend the night.
And the leaders of Gibeah rose against me and surrounded the house against me by night. They meant to kill me, and they violated my concubine, and she is dead” (Judges 4-6), so the days of Gibeah are like those we live in today with increasing violence in American cities and suburbs.
The point Hosea makes is that God “will punish their sins” and no one will get away with anything on Judgment Day (Revelations 20:12-15).
Ephesians 4:22 “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.”
When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, we must put something else off, and that’s the old self. That old man and woman has passed away and now we are new creations in Jesus Christ (2nd Corithians 5:17 with new desires to obey God and new passions to serve Him, but our former way of life and still is for many. was a life lived in corruption and deceitful desires. Now that the old man or woman is put away, the new is come to live within us.
Exodus 23:8 “You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.”
This verse explains the evils of corruption. Once you take or give a bribe you no longer can see the dangers and evils of your actions because of your selfish desire. If one is in authority, a magistrate or judge, one subverts the cause and course of justice to serve his or her financial greed. Once you take a bribe you are compromised to satisfy the giver. Both of you are guilty in the eyes of the law and condemned by the Bible.
When a Nation exalts God, God will exalt that Nation, and it’s obvious that He has exalted the Kenya Nation since independence, despite efforts to cripple the Nation seveally and particularly in 1982 and 2008.
Today, we exalt ourselves as a Nation before other Nations and we’re often telling other Nations what they ought to do, when at times we can’t even keep our own house in order. We have breed of leaders who talk about their own Motherland in such vulgar terms that they cannot claim to be patriotic. They abuse fellow leaders in a manner that provokes hate sending very dangerous messages to the youth.
Kenyan youths today believe politics is about abusing competitors and even killing them to pave way to County Assembly, Parliament, Senate, Governor’s office or State House. They hear professors, lawyers and other professionals cursing political opponents in the most disgusting terms as if they are sworn enemies when many of them are partners in looting public coffers.
We should pray for God to send repentance to this Nation so that moral rearmament revival can begin in the Churches and Mosques and spread into neighborhoods, into cities, throughout our Motherland, throughout East Africa, and even spreading around the globe.
It is God Who “removes kings and sets up kings,” (Daniel 2:21) and the nations are nothing to Him, so let us pray for God to send His Spirit through this land so that many might be saved…before another judgment comes, not with mass action this time, but with fire of civil war and by then, repentance will be too late.
Kenyan voters should accept God’s choice on Tuesday. Their role is cast their vote to indicate to God, who their preference is but God will cast the deciding ballot. No leader worth the honour of being a President should spill innocent blood to get to State House.